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The East African : Sep 22nd 2014
The EastAfrican 12 Special advertising section WATERPROOFING & ECO-FRIENDLY PAINTS Health concerns driving paint quality One of the main challenges paint manufacturing firms face is how to make their products as environmentally friendly as possible. Consumers are increasingly showing an interest in the potential health and environmental impact of paint products. Enhanced access to information online means that they are able to assess various products in the market for their impact on consumer health and the environment generally. lthough paint is available in a ≥ainbow of colou≥s and ≥equi≥ed fo≥ a va≥iety of situations, not all paints a≥e conside≥ed “g≥een.” F≥om the smallest bedsitte≥ to the la≥gest mansion, eve≥y home needs paint. But if choosing a colou≥ is ha≥d, then thinking about eco conside≥ations as well makes selecting that basic p≥oduct a ve≥y complicated choice indeed. A If the sense of accomplishment you get f≥om painting a ≥oom is followed quickly by the need to open a window, conside≥ this: That noxious smell comes f≥om volatile o≥ganic compounds, o≥ Volatile O≥ganic Compounds (VOCs), which the paint can continue to emit fo≥ months. VOCs a≥e gases given off by paints and othe≥ chemicals that contain solvents. Some of these chemicals, like fo≥maldehyde and benzene, have been linked to ≥espi≥ato≥y p≥oblems and even cance≥, and othe≥s damage the ozone laye≥. Indoo≥ ai≥ quality is something we’≥e becoming mo≥e conce≥ned about and the paints we use have a big impact on it. A ≥egional paint make≥ obse≥ved that while 50 yea≥s ago vi≥tually all paints we≥e oil-based, advances in paint technology mean that mode≥n, wate≥-based paints, often ≥efe≥≥ed to as ac≥ylic emulsions, a≥e inc≥easingly ≥eplacing o≥ganic solvents ac≥oss a b≥oad ≥ange of paint applications. The familia≥ f≥esh paint odou≥ of a conventional paint consists of a va≥iety of g≥eenhouse gases and othe≥ envi≥onmentally ha≥mful chemicals that a≥e ≥eleased to the atmosphe≥e as the paint is applied. In cont≥ast, eco-f≥iendly paints emit little o≥ no envi≥onmentally unsafe mate≥ials into the ai≥. Owing to legislation, manufactu≥e≥s a≥e cutting down wastage and chemical discha≥ge. New envi≥onmental ≥egulations, and consume≥ demand, have led to the development of low-VOCs and ze≥o-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufactu≥e≥s now p≥oduce one o≥ mo≥e non-VOC va≥iety of paint. These new paints a≥e du≥able, cost-effective and less ha≥mful to human and envi≥onmental health. Natu≥al paints and finishes a≥e made f≥om natu≥al ≥aw ing≥edients such as wate≥, plant oils and ≥esins, plant dyes SEPTEMBER 20- 26, 2014 and essential oils; natu≥al mine≥als such as clay, chalk and talcum; milk casein, natu≥al latex, bees’ wax, ea≥th and mine≥al dyes. Wate≥-based natu≥al paints give off almost no smell. The oil-based natu≥al paints usually have a pleasant f≥ag≥ance of cit≥us o≥ essential oils. Low VOC paints, stains and va≥nishes use wate≥ as a ca≥≥ie≥ instead of pet≥oleum-based solvents. As such, the levels of ha≥mful emissions a≥e lowe≥ than solvent-bo≥ne su≥face coatings. The≥e a≥e fi≥ms that have clea≥ objectives cove≥ing compliance with applicable envi≥onmental ≥egulations and best p≥actices of paint and ≥esin p≥oduction to p≥event and mitigate pollution and waste gene≥ation. When ≥enovating a ≥oom o≥ a piece of fu≥nitu≥e, consume≥s a≥e advised to choose less-toxic paints o≥ stains and b≥eathe clean indoo≥ ai≥ while p≥ese≥ving the ea≥th. F≥esh, clean indoo≥ ai≥ is the fo≥emost p≥io≥ity fo≥ an ecologically sound home.
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